|The Open Sound Group Netlabel releases free, high quality recordings in the genres of sound art, experimental music, improvisation, field recordings, noise and ambient music. The focus of the label is to act as an archive for recordings from OSG events and collaborations between artists associated with the events. Additional releases have a wider scope, from artists, musicians and composers who share the ideals of OSG.
Open Sound Group is run by artist and musician Graham Dunning.
|Each Open Sound Group event is an opportunity for artists working in sound, musicians and composers, to meet in an informal setting, share ideas and techniques, and improvise or otherwise collaborate together. Working as open workshops the events’ schedules are formed and changed as the days unfold, allowing all participants to test out their new ideas and participate in others’. The focus is on experimentation and play without the pressure of specific targets; the results are documented on the OSG blog and recordings released through this netlabel.
RELEASES - listed in reverse chronological order
[OSG34] July 2014: Daniel Barbiero - 30 x 12 (for C. Reider)
Gestural composition for double bass and optional electronics.
[OSG33] May 2014: Various Artists - Record Players
Celebrating the 33rd OSG release: Compositions from artists using turntables or records in their sound making processes.
[OSG32] Jan 2014: Stuart Chalmers - Dreaming Butterfly
Downbeat tape loops, dreamstates, hypnagogic soundfields, paranoid moonlit scenes with werewolves and ghostly children, snythesizer and tape hiss.
[OSG31] Oct 2013: Karl M V Waugh - De Cycled
Two scraps from the cutting room floor that found each other and fell in love. Ambient drone and harsh noise.
[OSG30] Oct 2013: Sophie Cooper - Steve Wright in the Afternoon
Recordings from the artist's tape archives as a radio show presented by her brother at age seven.
[OSG29] Jul 2013: AAS - All Everywhere All The Time
Archived recordings from AAS art group, spanning an indeterminate spacetime.
[OSG28] May 2013: Dunning x Testrack x Fisher - Triangle
Bass heavy drone from producer Testrack and artists Gary Fisher and Graham Dunning.
[OSG27] May 2013: Cullllt - Attached
Improvised ambient noise/drone from Zurich based musician: guitar, Casio and Yamaha keys.
[OSG26] Apr 2013: Open Sound Group - Penthouse
Improv, drone and noise rom the fifth OSG event in Manchester's Penthouse project space, with six participants.
[OSG25] Mar 2013: Samekhmem - Drone-Drumming-Simplicity-Chiming-Drone
A series of five acoustic improvisations, responding to different aspects of the Eternal Drone.
[OSG24] Mar 2013: Ryan Jordan - Drone Planes Over Westfield
Intense noise made with Collins CMOS synths, stroboscopes, lasers, germanium, audio samples, smoke, mixer.
[OSG23] Jan 2013: C.Reider and C.Hodges - Four Improvisations
Duo create flowing improvised pieces using various electronic and acoustic objects: small sounds, drone and gentle echoes.
[OSG22] Jan 2013: Stereo Surrealist - So Many Spiders, So Little Time
Casio keyboard drone and noise with circuit bends and effects.
[OSG21] Jan 2013: Open Sound Group - Tape Music
Documentation from the fourth OSG event featuring seven artists using analogue tape.
[OSG20] Sep 2012: Murmurists - i,m [sic], W/e
Disturbing dadaist sound collage: dark ambient, noise, concrète.
[OSG19] Sep 2012: Alex Charles - Violin, Bow and Case
Minimal, looping small sounds: micro-noise, "amplified silence".
[OSG18] Aug 2012: Dallas Simpson - The Ferroequinologist's Dream
Layered binaural field recordings to create a concrète noisescape.
[OSG17] Aug 2012: Now - Six Selections
Experimental recordings and improvisations made alongside the band’s more pop inspired sounds, using various intrumentation and players.
[OSG16] Aug 2012: Ryan Jordan and Luke Moss - Live From the Crystal World Salon
Improvised noise performance using homemade sound sources created for the Crystal World Laboratory.
[OSG15] Jul 2012: Graham Dunning - Topaz
Live sampling of found tapes to make a collage of rhythm and drone.
[OSG14] May 2012: Open Sound Group - Power Lunches
Drone, noise and rhythm from the third OSG Open Workshop event.
[OSG13] Apr 2012: Matt Dalby - Chevassut
Lo-fi, minimal home recordings from 2012: noise, drone and folk.
[OSG12] Apr 2012: Natalie Sanders - Choir Mixdowns
6 track audio installation, for Proto Bla at Elevator Gallery, February 2011.
[OSG11] Mar 2012: Various Artists - All Sensation Is Already Memory
Celebrating our first anniversary: 31 tracks of sound art, drone, improvisation, noise, spoken word, sound poetry and other sonic experiments.
[OSG10] Feb 2012: Graham Dunning - Recompiled 2010 - 2011
Selection of drone, improv, field recording and found sound tracks from exhibitions, radio sessions and compilations by artist Graham Dunning.
[OSG09] Jan 2012: Womb - My Meat is Bigger Than Yours, Live in London
Live doom drone and improv expression from the Manchester based women's collective.
[OSG08] Nov 2011: Damo Suzuki and God Don't Like It Ensemble - Live at Cafe Oto
Live performance from the legendary vocalist with improvising eight-piece band.
[OSG07] Sep 2011: Open Sound Group - Warehouse One
Improvised recordings from second OSG open workshop with twelve performers.
[OSG06] Aug 2011: Asteroid - Koronis
Live recording of improvised sci-fi drone and noise.
[OSG05] May 2011: Mr.Underwood - Sounds of a Dying Library
Recordings from artist, composer and inventor, Mr.Underwood, recorded in the early hours of the morning in Birmingham Central Library.
[OSG04] Mar 2011: James Alaska and Graham Dunning - Contenmer
Improvised ambient drone from musician-composer James Alaska and artist Graham Dunning, recorded March 2010.
[OSG03] Feb 2011: Open Sound Group - Live From the Fire Room
Improvised recordings from a two day open workshop at The Rea Garden and The Lombard Method, Birmingham, in August 2010.
[OSG02] Feb 2011: Graham Dunning - Three Artefacts
Recordings from the artist's 2010 installation of the same name.
[OSG01] Jan 2011: Graham Dunning - A Bubble of Dove's Blood
Archived 2009 release of found sound, ambient and rhythmical excursions and complex textures.
For more information please contact Graham Dunning through his website, grahamdunning.com.